looking for an inexpensive SWR meter

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KK4SUH, Jul 31, 2013.

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  1. K8ERV

    K8ERV QRZ Member QRZ Page

    Or the meter is reading correctly and the antenna is off tune.
    Check it with a known good dummy load.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  2. KK4SUH

    KK4SUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    The particular seller I purchased the J-pole from checks all antennas with his antenna analyzer, but it still wouldn't be bad idea to grab a dummy load, do you know of any inexpensive ones that work well?
     
  3. K8ERV

    K8ERV QRZ Member QRZ Page

    The J-pole could pick up some SWR depending on how you connect to it and how/where you mount it.

    If you have or can borrow 100' or more of RG-174, that small coax is so lossy at 2M very little energy gets reflected
    back to the source. Even if not terminated, tho a 50 ohm resistor helps.

    I picked up a Shack finned resistor 21-506 at a yard sale. It is Very good, even at 440. Don't know if it is still
    available or at what cost.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  4. KB8TVN

    KB8TVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a old Knight P-2 which seems to match the readings of my Daiwa cross needle 2 meter, I like the fact that it has a remote sensor. But I'm only putting 10 watts into it and must keep the sesitivity down around "2" or it will instantly peg the meter. I have another with a bad meter which I might try to use with an Arduino.
     
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